Posted in music | pictures on June 12, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

The Decembrists
The Decembrists

"The show was in two parts. The first consisted of the band, with the addition of two performers - Becky Stark and Shara Worden, playing the entirety of the Hazards of Love album without even a break between songs...

After the intermission, the second (and more whimsical) set consisted of...


"... the following:"

  1. Crane Wife 3
  2. July! July! – I love this song. A smart #2 as well. Whether or not you know the words, it’s the simplest of choruses and everyone sings.
  3. Billy Liar
  4. Sleepless (from Dark Was the Night)
  5. The Bachelor and the Bride
  6. Daughter of Dracula – Meloy introduced this song by noting that most artists choose to perform their best material at Radio City. He was going to break with that tradition by playing the worst song he ever wrote. ”I started it with a G major 7 and then, what’s worse is that I went to a C major 7. In layman’s terms the douchiest of chord progressions.” He only played a few lines from the song.
  7. O Valencia!
  8. The Chimbley Sweep
  9. Heart's Crazy on You – Stark and Warden came back out for this song and just went to town on it. Everyone was going nuts except for the two middle schoolers in front of us. Too distant from the 70’s I suppose
Encore
  1. REM’s Peter Buck joined the band for the first song of the encore. I don’t recall what it was.
  2. Sons and Daughters – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If every concert ended with a song for world peace it wouldn’t be a bad thing.
- [Rattle My Cage]

The R.E.M. song was "Begin the Begin" (thx all), and I guess that counts as the setlist. Peter Buck was in the house to play in opener Robyn Hitchcock's band.

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Comments (38)

The R.E.M. song was Begin The Begin.

Posted by kevin Dickson | June 12, 2009 8:18 AM

the r.e.m. song was begin the begin
one of the best performances i've seen. decemberists are awesome

Posted by Adam | June 12, 2009 8:20 AM

Wasn't the R.E.M. song "Begin the Begin" ?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 8:43 AM

I think the REM song was Begin the Begin

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 8:46 AM

If you were orch around MM, I have to take the blame for the middle schoolers being insufficiently into Heart. It was my girl's third Decemberists show, however....

Posted by Mark | June 12, 2009 8:48 AM

What was up with everyone sitting down? I got there just as they were starting and some cranky bitch behind me kept yelling at me to sit down.

Weak....

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 8:57 AM

Overheard at the grocery store:
"Did you go to the Decemberists concert? Wasn't it AWESOME?

"It WAS awesome!"

"Yah."

If there was any justice they'd be opening for Robyn.

Posted by schlep | June 12, 2009 9:05 AM

Effing great show. So much fun. A+.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 9:23 AM

Shara Worden was so sexy that night! I didn't expect her to have some dance moves!

Posted by bo | June 12, 2009 9:33 AM

The cover of "Crazy on You" was the bomb, but it seems a little unfair to pit anybody in a sing-off against Shara Worden.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 9:39 AM

I got kicked out for getting into a fight because of standing up. What is wrong with people at Radio City?

Posted by Wanker | June 12, 2009 10:00 AM

Maybe because it's a theater? And a lot of the Decemberists material is on the slow and quiet side? And people were on their feet for most of the 2nd set.

Don't attend theater shows if you'd rather be standing all night.

Posted by drewo | June 12, 2009 10:09 AM

Would have been a good show to go to if Elvis Costello wasn't playing in town that night.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 10:17 AM

What was the name of that R.E.M. song they played?

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 10:31 AM

"REM’s Peter Buck joined the band for the first song of the encore. I don’t recall what it was."

If you don't know "Begin the Begin," you shouldn't be going to shows or writing about shows.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 10:31 AM

I gave up on REM after Radio Free Europe.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 10:57 AM

Nice job not getting a picture of My Brightest Diamond other than the fuzzy one of her in the back.

The highlight of the show is completely left off the pictures...LOL

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 11:14 AM

they are by far the most white bread indie band.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 11:22 AM

I think they are more multi-grained.

Posted by drewo | June 12, 2009 11:30 AM

They do not SHRED.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 11:42 AM

Great pictures of a slightly eccentric and very awesome band.

What lens do you use most for shooting?

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 12:26 PM

11:42 has a point. The Decemberists are very good, and I'd pay to hear 'em anytime. But they really don't swing; they stay close to the script.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 12:31 PM

@11:14, I can tell you that for the Boston show at least, Shara didn't do much at all for the first three songs we were allowed to shoot, other than hang at the back w/ little light on her and play some guitar.

narlus.zenfolio.com/p518658217

Posted by tim | June 12, 2009 1:14 PM

Saw them in Richmond a week ago, and the show was a mixed bag. The first half was killer, but the energy seemed to leave with Shara and Becky. The second half seemed perfunctory at best until they landed at the Heart cover. They killed on that one at least. I would love to have heard anything off of The Crane Wife — especially Sons and Daughters.

Posted by paul | June 12, 2009 1:55 PM

come on where are the nasty comments, i never comment, but JESUS FUCKING CHRIST THIS IS THE WORST PEICE OF SHIT BAND WHO OWES THEIR ENTIRE CAREER TO NETRAL MILK HOTEL, oh but their precious lyrics,,,,me's a chimney sweep (insert cockney accent)

Posted by jim | June 12, 2009 2:05 PM

Hate has left the building Jim.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 2:17 PM

Decemberists>Netral Milk

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 2:30 PM

This band does not SHRED.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 2:52 PM

Chris Funk tears it up though!

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 2:58 PM

Chris Funk does, in fact, shred.

Debate over.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 3:00 PM

Neutral Milk Hotel>Netral Milk>The Decemberists

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 3:01 PM

What was the name of the REM song?

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 3:23 PM

3:23- I think it was called "Baggins the Baggins"

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 3:36 PM

are those paste-on sideburns?

Posted by donn | June 12, 2009 3:53 PM

suck

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2009 5:09 PM

nope. still here. be here all day if you need me

Posted by jim | June 12, 2009 6:33 PM

Nice videos of Decemberists performing for WNYC's Soundcheck at:
http://blogs.wnyc.org/news/2009/06/11/the-decemberists-live/

Posted by drewo | June 13, 2009 1:29 PM

there are some sweet decemberist pics from bonnaroo on the fuse website.

http://fuse.tv/tours/bonnaroo-09/photos.html?gallery_id=115&type=slideshow&page=0

They make Meloy look so badass

Posted by Tim | June 18, 2009 2:10 PM

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